From "5 Under 35" honoree and Rona Jaffe Award-winner Merritt Tierce comes an urgent, intensely visceral debut novel about a young waitress whose downward spiral is narrated in electric prose.
Marie, a young single mother, lands a job at an upscale Dallas steakhouse. She is preternaturally attuned to the appetites of her patrons, but quickly learns to hide her private struggle behind an easy smile and a crisp white apron. In a world of long hours and late nights, where everything runs on a currency of favors, cash, and cachet, Marie gives in to brutally self-destructive impulses. She loses herself in a tangle of bodies and the kind of coke that "napalms your emotional synapses". But obliteration - not pleasure - is her goal. Pulsing with fierce, almost feral energy, Love Me Back is an unapologetic portrait of a woman cutting a precarious path through early adulthood. In the words of Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, "Tierce roams like an avenging angel across the landscape of 21st century American decadence, and the truths she writes achieve a state of near-sacred subversion."
©2014 Merritt Tierce (P)2014 Recorded Books
Powerful, great writing, great narrator, disturbing.
I can't think of one.
No. Too powerful. I had to take it in smaller doses.
I can't praise the narrator enough.
I really am rather confused as to what any aspect of this book was about other than promiscuity, serving and incessant drug use. There was really no plot and any feelings you feel for the main character you quickly lose because there's just really no coming back for her nor is there a reason for the things she does. This crappy review might be more descriptive than the book itself.
this book moves like a bobsled down a narrative that will leave you thinking about the little decisions we make every day.
The writing is incredible but the 'performance' of the reading doesn't do it justice even though it's the author narrating. In most cases narration doesn't live up to how we imagine. In some cases narration is performed in a way that adds incredible nuance and drama. Worst case scenario the narration gets in the way of the words on the page. The stories in this book are funny, gritty, truthful and deliciously painful. Let your imagination do the heavy lifting on this one and eschew the narration.
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